One life

“We all get one life,” says swimmer Diana Nyad, who swam 110.86 miles from Cuba to Florida in 2013. “You don’t get to do any day over again.” Now past 60, Nyad’s not going to spend any of her one life worrying about getting older. “I color my hair, for sure,” she told The Dallas […]

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How to have a good day

Caroline Webb has suggestions for making the best of bad situations in her book How to Have a Good Day. * When you disagree with people, try repeating their side of the argument back to them affirmatively. They will feel appreciative even if they know they’re not winning the argument. * If you procrastinate, promise […]

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Mindful meditation

Mindful meditation can help you gain control of your own attention and your own presence, says David Gelies in his new book Mindful Work. What is mindful meditation? “It’s really the practice of learning how to be right here, right now in an accepting way with whatever is happening, rather than letting our thoughts carry […]

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Keep sparkling

“Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle.” I found that advice in a classroom at the elementary school where I volunteer as a mentor. –Joy

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No female brain?

Researchers at Tel Aviv looked at MRI scans of 1,400 brains and concluded that “the brain does not reflect a clear dichotomy based on gender difference,” reported the online Science magazine on November 30, 2015. The study found that human brains do not fit neatly into “male” and “female” categories. In fact, although researchers have […]

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Women still can’t win

“if you’re tough and take charge, you’re pushy, bossy, maybe even a bitch,” says Catherine Rampell in an article in the January 23, 2016, issue of The Dallas Morning News. “If you stand aside and let others give direction, you’re meek, weak, probably not leadership material.” In a new survey of women who work in […]

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Ruthless?

“I think of Jeremy telling me I had to be ruthless to be a writer,” says Lucy Barton in Elizabeth Strout’s new book My Name Is Lucy Barton. “But, really, the ruthlessness, I think, comes in grabbing onto myself, in saying: This is me, and I will not go where I can’t bear to go…and […]

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The constant judgment in the world

When the hospital nurse asked Lucy Barton’s mother if she wanted a “gossip” magazine to read, she declined. And, although Lucy took the magazine, she hid it—just in case the doctor came in. “So, I was like my mother. We did not want to be judged by what we read,” comments Lucy in Elizabeth Strout’s […]

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“I would never again”

“It was May, then, June, and I remember how I would stand and look out the window at the sidewalk below and watch the young women—my age—in their spring clothes, out on their lunch breaks; I could see their heads moving in conversation, their blouses rippling in the breeze,” says Lucy Barton in Elizabeth Strout’s […]

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Try awe and wonder

Go to an art museum and look at the paintings, or listen to classical music. Feelings of awe and wonder are associated with lower levels of pro-inflammatory proteins that can stress the immune system. That’s why artistic masterpieces can trigger positive emotions that help prevent heart disease and depression, concluded researchers at the University of […]

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